He claimed the coveted 1st place in the young riders category and an impressive 2nd place overall. Completing the endurance ride in a commendable time of 4 hours, 15 minutes, and 21 seconds, Tristan demonstrated his dedication and passion for the sport.
Tristan’s was also presented with the Photographers Choice Award. This award recognises his incredible progression and unwavering commitment over the past year. Tristan’s positive attitude and unwavering spirit have truly set him apart.
At Union High School, Graaff-Reinet’s final assembly for 2023 on the last day of school, young Grade 7 cricketer 𝗢𝘄𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝘅𝘁𝗼𝗻 was congratulated on taking 5 wickets for 12 runs in 5 overs in a recent encounter against Frans Conradie.
This past Friday’s assembly at Union High School, Graaff-Reinet saw some of our cricketers being 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙜𝙣𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 during their recent encounters on the cricket field.
𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to these young Unionites on their exceptional performances on the cricket field. 𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵.
In a tightly contested afternoon, the final scores saw Union accumulate 742 points to Volkskool’s 731 points. 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵!
We would like to recognise Camran Swartz as Union’s 𝗔𝗧𝗛𝗟𝗘𝗧𝗘 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗬. Camran managed to secure first places in the 100m, 200m and 400m races. Additionally, he also claimed third place in the Long Jump event. Well done, Camran!
We’d also like to acknowledge the performances of Qhama Solomon, Luvelo Makaula and Xavier Barlow, who achieved numerous podium positions and contributed significantly to Union’s success.
On the girls’ side, Charlize Vorster deserves special recognition for her outstanding contribution of points, which played a crucial role in Union’s victory. We also applaud Tara Ferreira, Joy Merifield and Ambesiwi Tokwe for making their mark and showcasing their talent.
𝙊𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣, 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙚𝙛𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨. You have represented Union with pride and we couldn’t be happier!
This past weekend saw Union High School, Graaff-Reinet’s Top 4 junior girls and boys tennis players participating in the annual 𝗝𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗹𝘆𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗶𝘀 𝗧𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘀 𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 in Graaff-Reinet.
The girls’ team competed against formidable opponents from Stellenbosch, Worcester and Cradock in the group stage, emerging victorious in all their encounters to finish at the top of their group.
𝙈𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙞𝙧𝙡𝙨 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙖 𝙩𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙩 𝘾𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙜𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙚. Despite their valiant efforts, they narrowly missed out on a win, settling for a well-deserved second place in the tournament.
The junior boys’ team faced opponents from Stirling, Stellenbosch C and Cradock in the group stages. They managed to secure a commendable second place in their group.
In the battle for third and fourth place, the boys engaged in an encounter against Stellenbosch B. Although they fought gallantly, they narrowly missed out on claiming the third spot, ultimately securing a respectable fourth place in the competition.
𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to the following new 𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗛𝗢𝗟𝗗𝗘𝗥𝗦:
– Boys u/11 Shotput: 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝘁é 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 surpassed the previous record of 8.77 meters by achieving a remarkable throw of 9.46 meters.
– Girls u/11 100m and High Jump: 𝗔𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 𝗞𝘆𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮-𝗞𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘇𝗮 proved her versatility in both sprinting and high jump. She improved the 100m record from 14.57 seconds to an impressive 14.44 seconds. Additionally, she raised the bar in the High Jump from 1.12 meters to a height of 1.15 meters.
– Girls u/12 100m and Long Jump: 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗕𝘂𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗿 set two new records. She bettered the 100m record from 14.28 seconds to 14.15 seconds. Furthermore, she excelled in the Long Jump, surpassing the previous record of 3.84 meters with an impressive jump of 4.22 meters.
– Girls u/13 High Jump: 𝗔𝗹𝘆𝘀𝘀𝗮 𝗧𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗽 improved the previous record of 1.27 meters to a height of 1.31 meters.
Well done also to the following 𝟭𝗦𝗧 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗘 finishers: • Girls u/11 100m: Angelique Kyanda-Kaboza • Girls u/11 1200m: Hermon Wolde • Girls u/12 100m: Miley Burger • Girls u/13 1500m: Onika Jantjies • Girls u/13 800m: Onika Jantjies • Girls u/11 Long Jump: Amelia King • Girls u/12 Long Jump: Miley Burger • Boys u/11 Shotput: Dante Mills • Girls u/11 Shotput: Angelique Kyanda-Kaboza • Boys u/12 Shotput: Joubert Vorster • Girls u/11 High Jump: Angelique Kyanda-Kaboza • Boys u/12 High Jump: Jordan Maritz • Girls u/13 High Jump: Alyssa Trollip
𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to Union High School, Graaff-Reinet’s impressive chess players on their outstanding achievements at the recent Eastern Province Chess Championship held in Jeffreys Bay!
In the u/16 Boys’ category, 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗲 secured a well-deserved silver medal in the team competition. Great job, Neelon!
In the u/16 Girls’ category, 𝗝𝗮𝘀𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗔𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗲 (who captained the Sarah Baartman chess team), along with 𝗡𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗝𝗮𝗽𝗵𝘁𝗮, demonstrated remarkable talent and earned silver medals in the team competition.
In the u/18 Girls’ category, 𝗦𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗵 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗺𝗼𝘁 captained the Sarah Baartman team and brought home a gold medal in the team competition. Congratulations, Sarah!
𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗧 to 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗱𝘆 𝗚𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗱 and 𝗖𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮 𝗦𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘂 for their exemplary performance in the u/20 Boys category. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱.
𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧, 𝙬𝙚’𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 Jasmine Abercrombie and Nina Japhta (reserve) have been selected to represent the Eastern Cape Chess Team in the u/16 Girls category, while Cassidy Goliad has secured a spot in the Eastern Cape Chess Team for u/20 Boys.
Union High School, Graaff-Reinet had the pleasure of hosting Newton Park today for a match between the schools’ respective u/13A sides.
Union lost the toss and were asked to bat first.
Initially, Union encountered difficulties, losing four wickets with only 36 runs on the scoreboard. 𝗛𝗼𝘄𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿, 𝗢𝘄𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗮𝘅𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻 𝗛𝘂𝗱𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗼𝗳 𝟵𝟳 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝘀, allowing Union to finish their innings with a total of 133 runs for the loss of four wickets.
Paxton demonstrated impressive play, scoring 61 runs off 50 balls, while Hudson contributed 43 runs off 45 balls.
In the second half, Union’s performance was outstanding as they successfully bowled out Newton Park for a mere 20 runs.
Murray Hope delivered an exceptional spell, taking five wickets for only four runs in three overs. Keenan Jafta also contributed greatly, securing three wickets for 11 runs in three overs.
The Union High School’s 1st XI cricket team once again had the privilege to attend the prestigious Cape School’s Cricket Week hosted by Paul Roos Gymnasium from the 29th of September until the 3rd of October 2023.
Unfortunately the first game against Paarl Gymnasium was called off due to a wet pitch and outfield. The boys then spent some time in the Paul Roos indoor centre for a practice session.
On Sunday we played our 1st match again Paarl Boy’s High School. Paarl went into bat first and managed to score 143 runs after being bowled out. Special mention must be made of Shaakir Kazi who took 5 wickets. Union then went in to bat and could only managed to put 40 runs on the board. We lost the game by 103 runs
Our second game was against Parel Vallei High School from Somerset West. Union went in to bat first and set a target of 96 after getting off to a brilliant start but a continuous loss of wickets led us to not being able to put a defendable score on the board. Union managed to get five wickets before Parel Vallei eventually managed to get the score. Union lost the game by 5 wickets
Our third and final match was against Bishops from Cape Town. Union were put in to bat first once again and only managed to score 49. Bishops passed the target with the loss of no wickets. Union lost the game by 10 wickets.
A lot of valuable lessons were learnt throughout the week. We will definitely return as a stronger team next year.
We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Grade 12 cricketers 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗛𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸, 𝗝𝗼𝘀𝗵𝘂𝗮 𝗛𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲, 𝗝𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗱 and 𝗛𝗹𝗮𝗸𝗶 𝗦𝗸𝗲𝗽𝗲 for their outstanding dedication and contribution to cricket at our school.
These four talented individuals took to the field for the very last time as part of Union’s 1st XI at the prestigious 2023 edition of the annual Cape Schools’ Cricket Festival.